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By Wen Ya (Global Times)

09:54, November 30, 2011

A popular trend

Opening Weibo accounts has become a trend recently among government departments and officials.

The Shanghai government press office on Monday created accounts on Sina Weibo and other major microblogs like Tencent Weibo, Xinmin Weibo and Eastern Weibo.

By 10 pm Monday, the total number of fans on the four Weibo accounts was more than 310,000, according to a report released on the government's website on Tuesday.

Also by Monday, the four municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing had registered their Sina Weibo.

As of early this month, 9,960 government organizations and 8,628 officials across the country had signed up on Sina Weibo. 15 government organizations and nine officials have exceeded 1 million fans, according to latest data released by Sina on Monday.

By July 6, only 4,920 government organizations and 3,949 officials had signed up on Sina Weibo, according to the China Weibo Report for the First Half of 2011 published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University monitoring research center that same month.

The report said that the popularity of Weibo among government departments and officials is due to the fact that many officials used Weibo to participate in political affairs discussions during the sessions of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference this March.

The Beijing government also understands the effectiveness of microblogging in politics as it has successfully dealt with school bus and health care issues since the establishment of the BWRH, Wang Hui told the Global Times.

"Many of them have received positive comments because Weibo delivers information in a timely fashion which is of great significance when improving the efficiency and transparency of our government. The public learns about the government and gives suggestions which helps us serve them better," Wang Hui said.

"It's a good thing for the government and officials to open Weibo accounts, which shows they respect the public's right to be informed and right to express themselves," Fu Siming, a professor with Party School of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China, told the Global Times.

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